Biofuels firm hopes to make 70 million gallons of fuel per year from jatropha seeds

12/29/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Biofuels start-up SGB is growing hybrid strains of the jatropha plant, the seeds of which produce a high-quality oil that can be processed into jet and diesel fuel. The company has agreements with Brazil and other nations to plant 250,000 acres of jatropha, which eventually could yield 70 million gallons of fuel annually. "It is one of the few biofuels that I think has the potential to supply a large fraction of the aviation fuel currently used today," said Honeywell's Jim Rekoske, who has toured SGB's Central American jatropha plantations.

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